Online music sellers have made their presence known online predominantly by selling on renowned marketplaces like Discogs & eBay. Discogs aka Discographies is a music exclusive while you can find pretty much everything on eBay including music.
In this blog, we will be looking into the pros & cons of choosing one over the other or should you leverage on both and if that’s the case, how can you get that done. Let’s get started.
Discogs Vs eBay – Let the music selling battle begin
Factors to debate on.
- 1. Marketplace Popularity
- An astonishing 140,189,018 items were added to Collections in 2020, up 41.02% from 2019
- 1,229,384 new users that logged in
- eBay has 1.5 billion plus listings
- eBay has 182 million active buyers worldwide
- 81% of all merchandise sold on eBay is new, and our wide selection keeps growing
- to Discogs for the first time, a 20.32% increase compared to 2019.
The learning here is that eBay is a much bigger marketplace in comparison to Discogs & more popular as well. However, Discogs is a unique marketplace exclusive to music. Each of them have their own unique perks.
- 2. Ease of Listing
Listing on Discogs is quite easy to do for a single listing or in bulk as release information is already available on Discogs. It’s just a matter of finding it and listing it for sale. If you’d like to do it in bulk, there are various ways of doing it with ease for eg: Discogs Bulk Lister. When it comes to eBay however, you will take significantly take more time in comparison to Discogs.
- 3. Selling options
Discogs allows you to list various products as fixed price listings but along with the option, when enabled allows your buyers to make offers which may or may not be accepted by sellers thereby giving them greater flexibility. Ultimately, Discogs is a platform where sellers compete against each other and offer the least possible price which tends to increase chances of sales. This ultimately reduces profits.
eBay on the other hand allows sellers to create fixed price listings but also allows sellers to list products in auctions. Having a threshold for auctions to ensure there’s no loss and selling rare records/collectibles on eBay is sure to fetch a high price.
- 4. Listing Details
Discogs listings are preliminarily created based on the Release data available on Discogs. As a seller, you normally tend to find an existing release and put it up for sale. Unless you’re submitting a new release. This makes Discogs listings rigid – there is no room for addition of customized content (like real images of older records) & so on.
On eBay, you are completely free to customize your listing. You can add your own images, sell in lots – which can’t be done on Discogs and take it forward by even adding music clips on eBay.
- 5. Listing Costs
Sellers on Discogs enjoy unlimited listing on Discogs as there is no listing fee involved. The only fee which Discogs has is the selling fee which is applicable only when a product is sold. On the contrary, eBay features 200 fee listings per month exceeding which sellers are charged with a fee of $0.35 USD per listing. A different fee structure applies to sellers who own an eBay store.
- 6. Selling Fees
Selling Fee is probably the most important factor for comparison. Disccogs charges a flat 8% fee upon sale. The minimum fee would be $0.10 USD & the maximum cap would be $150 USD per listing.
eBay on the other hand charges 10% for records & 12% for other music formats like CD’s etc. eBay has a max cap of $750 USD per sale. eBay also has some perks which offer a 20% off in selling fees for top rated sellers.
- 7. Shipment Final value fees
There are separate shipment fees for Discogs, however, eBay charges sellers for the same. Again, one of the perks where discogs is better.
To summarize our conclusions,
|Popularity||Music exclusive & Good for music sellers. Focussed music oriented traffic.||Huge traffic in comparison to the traffic of the Discogs marketplace.|
|Ease of Listing||Can list within a few clicks whether it’s single or multiple products||Listing is complicated compared to Discogs, especially when there is a huge list of products you want to list|
|Unique Selling Options||Sellers have the feasibility to allow customers to make offers so customers can negotiate for a better offer rather than going elsewhere.||Sellers can list products via auctions & customers can bid on products. This tends to generate a higher revenue|
|Listing Details||Quite stringent. Only the data present in approved releases can be used in the Discogs Marketplace||Listings can be customized to sellers preferences by adding customized images, sound clips, etc. Products can be sold in lots|
|Listing Costs||Free||$0.35 USD after the first free 200 Listings on eBay.
eBay store owners have a different fee structure.
Top rated sellers get 20% off
|Selling Fee||Flat 8% with a min of $0.10 USD and a max cap of $150 USD upon sale||Flat 10% for Records & Flat 12% for all other types of Music with a max cap of $750 USD per item upon sale|
|Shipment Fee||Discogs doesn’t charge a fee here||eBay shipment fees are based on the rate of the shipment service the buyer choses|
The final verdict:
There is no clear winner. Both marketplaces have their respective pros & cons. While Discogs tends to be the better marketplace and outperforms eBay when you intend to sell normal items however, when you try to sell something which is rare & a collectible, eBay is definitely the winner there. So as a seller, it might be worthwhile to sell on both platforms choosing wisely to sell which ones where. DisConnect can help you for the same. Would you like to give it a shot?